An attempt by police to conduct a check on a 41-year-old motorist in Anogeia, a village in the notoriously lawless Cretan region of Mylopotamos, backfired yesterday when the man used his cell phone to call for backup, prompting the arrival of around 30 people who surrounded the officers. The incident occurred some 100 meters away from the local police precinct yesterday afternoon. Officers signaled to the motorist to slow down for a routine inspection but the man refused and called a fellow villager on his cell phone. Within minutes, the officers were surrounded by a group of villagers pushing and threatening them. In the confusion, the motorist made his getaway. A few hours later, police caught up with the man and arrested him. A search revealed that the man had been convicted four times for fraud. The motorist, who was released after buying off his sentences, is to appear before a Rethymno court today charged with resisting authority.